1972 Ducati 750GT
Engine number: 750652
Complete concours-level restoration by Ducati specialist Chris Martin
One of 519 total produced for 1972
Early production metal flake impregnated fiberglass fuel tank
Electronic ignition system, upgraded with modern fuse box
Attended the 2019 Quail Ride
27,137 miles = 43,627 kilometers
Ducati's beautiful 750 V-twin engine was conceived by Fabio Taglioni in the Spring of 1970. First displayed as a prototype motorcycle at the Milan Show in November 1970, and again with further development on the Vic Camp stand at the London Motorcycle Show at Olympia in January 1971. A 1971 pre-production run of just eighty-two motorcycles out of a proposed one-hundred 750 GT's commenced in July 1971, with series production of the homologated version scheduled for 1972.
Shortly after the 1972 Imola 200, Cycle editor Phil Schilling evaluated an early pre-production 750 GT, commenting “What really astounded us about the Ducati was its incredible smoothness. This bike was a revelation.”
Regular production of the 750 models commenced in 1972 with a total of 519 motorcycles built for the model year. The European market 1972 Ducati 750 GT presented here features the early production metal flake impregnated fiberglass tank and side covers, and a black painted frame, as opposed to the pre-production models silver painted frame.
This Ducati is the recipient of an exacting professional restoration to concours standards by renowned Ducati specialist Chris Martin at Austin Vintage Cycle. Martin was careful to maintain the bikes originality, while spending countless hours rebuilding Taglioni's exquisite engine ensuring that the bike would be ready to perform on command. Every aspect of the bike is second to none, fastidiously restored to ensure that all its details are correct and would find itself right at home on the lawn of any premiere motorcycle show. The only deviations from stock are a hidden electronic ignition system, and replacement of the original notoriously flawed fuse box with a modern unit located under the seat in the original items location. In 2019 the previous owner took the bike for its maiden ride on the Quail Ride, an exclusive motorcycle-only tour in Monterey/Carmel highlands.
Since arriving at Canepa, the motorcycle has been treated to a concours-level show detail, and currently presents itself as possibly the finest example of an early Ducati 750 GT available for sale in the world today.